2018 Northeast Natural History Conference

The FNEP community is gearing up for a large presence at the 2018 Northeast Natural History Conference, organized by the Eagle Hill Institute, in Burlington April 13 – 15.  We’d like to present you with a large menu of FNEP hosted sessions and activities occurring at and around the conference. We hope you can join us for dinner, happy hour, speaker sessions, and field trips offered by our alumni and faculty.

Note: Field trips, workshops, and speaker sessions require NENHC conference registration. Dinner on Friday and happy hour on Saturday are open to all alumni, no registration required. Please contact us if you’d like us to connect you with local FNEP alumni to host you during your stay.

Friday, April 13th

NENHC Field Trips and Workshops (various times, 9AM – 5PM)

(Extracted from full NENHC Field Trips and Workshops schedule. Click links for a complete listing and details)
  • Mount Philo Botany, Ecology, and Insect Signs – Charley Eiseman (Alum)
  • From Xeric to Flooded: Two of Burlington’s Unique Natural Communities – Liz Thompson (Faculty)
  • Geological Underpinnings of Burlington Revealed at the Salmon Hole – Stephen Wright (Faculty)
  • 500 Million Years on a Beautiful Beach: A Walk Through the Natural History of Burlington – Alicia Daniel (Alum, Faculty)
  • Lake Champlain Waterfowl Watch – Sean Beckett (Alum)
  • Architecture of the Landscape at Shelburne Farms – Samantha Ford (Associate)
  • Ferns and Spring Botany at Niquette Bay State Park – Cathy Paris and Dave Barrington (Faculty)
  • The Field Naturalist Approach to Reading Landscapes – Jeffrey Hughes (Faculty)
  • Field Photography for Biologists – Bryan Pfeiffer (Faculty)

Friday Evening

FNEP Alumni Potluck Dinner/Gathering

Location: Shelburne Farms Education Center, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Farm Barn @ 1611 Harbor Road, Shelburne VT 05482
Please RSVP if you plan on attending. If you are local, please let us know if you will be bringing a dish. Dishes not necessary for those traveling– Just bring yourself! Free for FNEP-AA Members. Donation requested for non-members.

Saturday, April 14th

Welcome Table

Look for a table of FNEP Alumni materials near registration where you can pick up the latest copy of Field Notes, receive a printed schedule of  FNEP activities, claim your FNEP Alumni badge, and more.

FNEP Alumni Association Hosted Speaker Sessions

(Extracted from full NENHC Oral Speaker Session Schedule. See Conference Abstracts for details)
1:30 – 3:20 – What to Do With Natural History Knowledge – Communicating for Change
  • Wild Heart of Place: Empowering Local Conservation with the Vermont Master Naturalist Program – Alicia Daniel (Alum, Faculty)
  • The Role of Storytelling in Science Communications – Eve Frankel
  • Interpretation Strategies for the 21st Century – Kelly Finan (Alum)
  • The Field Naturalist Approach as a Book – Noah Charney
  • Comics and Conservation – Rosemary Mosco (Alum)

4:00 – 5:30 – Conserving an Ecologically Functional Landscape

  • Ridges, Valleys, Bedrock, Soil: Using the Physical Landscape to Conserve Species in a Changing Climate – Bob Zaino (Alum), Liz Thompson (Faculty)
  • Vermont Conservation Design: A Vision and Plan for an Ecologically Functional Landscape – Eric Sorenson
  • Conservation paleobiology above treeline in the northeastern U.S: opportunities to inform management with ancient pollen – Caitlin MacDonough (Alum)
  • Water Quality Blueprint for Floodplains and Wetlands in the Lake Champlain Basin of Vermont Rose Paul (Alum)

Other FNEP Presentations:

Session: Fern Systematics and Biogeography, Sat 8:10 – 9:20 AM

  • The Enigmatic History of Braun’s Holly Fern – Dave Barrington (Faculty)

Session: Lepidopteran and other Insect Diversity and Conservation, Sat 10:10 – Noon

  • Uncovering Hidden Biodiversity through Insect Track and Sign – Charley Eiseman (Alum)

Session: Lost and Found: Recent Botanical Discoveries and Puzzles in the Northeast, Sat 10:10 – noon

  • Uapishka – Les Monts Grouix, Quebec: A Botanist’s Travelogue with Notes on Plant Discoveries in the Northeast Alpine – Matt Peters (Alum)

Session: Natural History of Trees, Sat 1:30 – 3:20 PM

  • Pinus resinosa in the Northern New England Landscape – Brett Engstrom (Alum)

Session: Impacts of Invasive Species on Native Biodiversity, Sat, 1:30 – 3:20 PM

  • Invasive Plants and Biodiversity in the Anthropocene: Complex Management Challenges from Maine – Nancy Olmstead (Alum)

Session: Wetland Ecology and Restoration II Sat 1:30 – 3:20 PM

  • The Case for Including Disease-Tolerant American Elms in Floodplain Forest Restoration Throughout the Northeast – Rose Paul (Alum)

Session:Habitats, Ecology, and Conservation of Non-migratory Bat Populations in Northern New England Sun 8:10 – 9:40 AM

  • Northern Long-eared Bat in Working Forest Habitats and Implications for Voluntary Conservation – Jesse Mohr (Alum)

Session: Ecology of Northeastern Ferns and Lycophytess, Sun 10:30 – Noon, Dave Barrington & Cathy Paris (Faculty)

Session: Harnessing Biodiversity Data: Collections, Assessments, and Bliztes, Christian Schorn, Sun 3:50 – 6:00 PM

  • The Fire at the Pringle Herbarium: A Disaster Averted – David Barrington
  • Floristic Change on Mount Desert Island, Maine and Regional Patterns of Plant Species Loss and Decline – Caitlin McDonough (Alum)

Session: Freshwater Communities & Odonate Natural History Sun 3:50 – 6:00 PM

  • Dragonflies and Damselflies: An Introduction and Field Survey Priorities for the Northeast – Bryan Pfeiffer (Faculty)

Saturday Evening:

FNEP Alumni Happy Hour (5:30 – 7:00)
Location: St John’s Club, Burlington VT. 9 Central Ave, Burlington VT 05401
Food available for purchase

Looking for accommodations? Local alumni, current students, and program faculty may be able to provide housing. Contact us at fnepalumniassociation@gmail.com and we’ll connect you with local hosts!


We hope to see you there!